Story at a glance

  • Torrential rain on Monday caused dangerous flash flooding that prompted water rescues in several parts of Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
  • Some areas across Texas and Louisiana have already tallied more than 15 inches of rain since the start of the week.
  • The Louisiana Department of Health on Wednesday said at least four people died as a consequence of the heavy rainfall.

Residents across southeastern Texas and Louisiana are continuing to feel the effects of heavy rain and flooding that have slammed the Gulf Coast. 

Torrential rain on Monday caused dangerous flash flooding that prompted water rescues in several parts of Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, forcing the closure of roads and highways. 


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Some areas across Texas and Louisiana have already tallied more than 15 inches of rain since the start of the week, and flash flood watches remain in effect for a large part of eastern Texas and most of Louisiana, including Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, through Thursday according to The Washington Post

The Louisiana Department of Health on Wednesday said at least four people died as a consequence of the heavy rainfall. 

The Associated Press reports a 61-year-old man was found dead in a vehicle submerged underwater in Calcasieu Parish; a 33-year-old man was found in a flooded vehicle in East Baton Rouge Parish; a 44-year-old man died after crashing into a flooded canal in West Baton Rouge Parish, and an elderly man who relied on an oxygen machine died after the machine failed due to a power outage. 

The Post reports the Houston area could see an additional 6 inches through Thursday and rainfall is likely to continue into Saturday. 

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) on Monday declared a state of emergency while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott deployed resources to assist communities impacted by the severe weather. 


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Published on May 19, 2021